New York: Macmillan and Co., 1892. 8 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth with front cover vignette in gilt.
First (American) Edition, published nine days before the English edition which was titled BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS and Other Verses. Included in "Barrack-Room Ballads" are such well-known verses as "Danny Deever," "Tommy," "Fuzzy-Wuzzy," "Gunga Din" and "Mandalay"; these had appeared in the 1890 pirated volume DEPARTMENTAL DITTIES... published by New York Book Co. Leading off "Ballads" (and the whole book) is "The Ballad of East and West" ("... and never the twain shall meet"); this is its first appearance in a Kipling book, as it had appeared only in the 1891 poetry anthology LYRA HEROICA.
Condition is near-fine, with light rubbing at the extremities. This American volume is considerably scarcer than its British counterpart. Richards A68; Stewart 110. Item #14736